.30/30 Winchester

Cartridge Hall Of Fame: The Iconic .30-30 Winchester

In the world of deer cartridges, the .30-30 Winchester is an old king.

This early smokeless powder cartridge still is going strong.

Larry Potterfield of Midway USA inducts the .30-30 Winchester cartridge into the Hall of Fame.

Way back in 1895, a new cartridge came out, using smokeless powder instead of black powder: the famous .30-30 Winchester cartridge.

With a .30 caliber bullet and 30 grains of early smokeless powder, this cartridge caught on like wildfire. The Winchester Model 1894 lever-action rifle was the catalyst for this rifle ammunition's fame. Deer and bear hunters quickly took notice.

The Winchester Model 94 became the go-to rifle for deer hunters where shots were within 200 yards or less. At those distances, the blunt-nose .30-30 proved deadly for big-game hunting.

The blunt- or round-nose bullets are necessary for tubular magazines commonly found in Winchester lever guns. It's still a force to be reckoned with for big game, and it's certainly enough gun for black bears with a careful shot. With modern hot loads now available from the Hornady Leverevolution load, this cartridge has a new life. Whether your lever gun of choice is the Marlin Model 336, the Winchester 94 or something by Henry Arms, the .30-30 is simply an American classic.

Larry Potterfield of Midway USA has taken the .30-30 Winchester into consideration and decided to add it to his Cartridge Hall of Fame. The .30-30 cartridge's popularity is set to continue for another hundred years without a problem.

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